I thought it a little strange that the town's main beach is half pebbles and half sand, with a groyne separating the two. That had me scratching my head until I found the answer on the website - both halves have been artificially created by importing thousands of tons of materials.
The pebble beach is part of the town's coastal defence and extends about 30 metres out to sea in order to protect the buildings on Marine Parade. Whilst the sand at the Cobb end was imported from France in order to provide a safe family beach area which no longer gets covered at high tide.
So now I know!
This useful little office, run by the local council, has friendly, helpful, staff who can assist with almost any tourist query. They can help with accomodation, public transport and things to do. There's the usual freebie leaflets, including suggested walks, as well as guidebooks, maps etc for sale. They also act as ticket agents for local events and attractions, for places further afield such as the Eden Project and for National Express Coaches.
The TIC is located in the attractive little black and white building at the start of Church Street, next to the arched entrance for the Marine Theatre. The office is open 10 to 5, 7 days a week (except Sunday when it shuts at 4), during the summer and from 10 to 4 Monday to Saturday in winter. Phone number is 01297 442138 and you'll find the website HERE.
we walked the coastal path from lyme regis to sid mouth 14th sept 2008, a beautiful walk, slow going through the vegetation of the undercliff route - average 2 miles per hour with lots of winding steps on the way to seaton
going towards charmouth we skipped the first section, but charmouth to weymouth took us 10 hours including golden cap which has cracking views
Fondest memory: highly recommended, and the harbour area of lyme regis looks good for cafes and spending some time amiring the view along the coast